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City Approves to Add Slatterly Park Vision Plans to the Books

Posted at: 02/20/2013 10:39 PM
Updated at: 02/20/2013 10:43 PM
By: Steph Crock

(ABC 6 News) -- A neighborhood in Rochester has been working on a vision plan for years. That way, as the downtown expands, they'll be prepared. At Wednesday night's city council meeting, the Slatterly Park Neighborhood Association asked council to add their plans to the books.

It's something those with the group have been working on for about three years. They're not asking for any big developments, but more so a plan to have in place as the city grows.

This neighborhood is right next to the downtown and they said things like the $6 billion expansion project proposed by Mayo Clinic are only going to stretch the downtown's boundaries.

They're calling it a vision plan, where if any private developers come along, they won’t be caught off guard. "Some of the points that we looked at were mobility. How people move on the streets, and the trail systems with the neighborhood, and connecting better into to the downtown.

We also looked at home and yards and market places, looking at where potential redevelopment can happen," said Wayne Flock with the Slatterly Park Neighborhood Association.

Council voted in favor to incorporate the plans into their zoning books for future use, so when private developers come forward, they can use this as a tool to see what fits best with that neighborhood.